shoot blanks

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 1 03:56:51 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM, Paul Frank <paulfrank at> wrote:
> If Google is any indication, the expression "to shoot blanks" is much
> more common than "to fire blanks" in this sense.

FWIW, I've never some across "*fire* blanks" till now.

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